Saturday, 30 April 2016

April recap

So April is finished in a few hours. I am not sure we can say that Spring has arrived, a few days ago we were back in winter! The month has been busy as usual but I almost feel I have done quite a bit, so that's good. Let's have a look at the list to check!

Bee Blocks 
1.Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (April) - done

2. Fat Stash Bee (April)  - no block this month!
3. Bee Hive (March, April) - March and April done
4. Bubble Bee (March, April) - in progress
5. I love Lucy International (March, April) - March finished, April started
6. Scandi Bee (March, April) - March done, April started

1.  Quilt for M  - I made some progress! I have a quilt top and I am very happy with it! Next step quilting

2. Elephant Parade my Lazy Bums challenge for October was to make 10 blocks  - no progress
3. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress - my Lazy Bums challenge for November no progress
4. A very merry Christmas town no progress

5. Farmer's wife 1930 QAL no progress
6. Tokyo Subway map no progress
7. Postcards from the World no progress on April

8. 365 challenge quilt - finished January, made one more block for Feburary and 19 for April

9. Town and Country quilt no progress
10. HST modern sampler quilt - block 7

11. Quilt for A - HK QAL - 22 blocks

12. Project 48 no progress
13. Pumpkin Passport - caught up with March and April in progres

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 
2. Zodiac BOM 
3. Gipsy Wife QAL

No OPAM again this month but a total of 42 blocks for the 350-blocks challenge.


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Working on a quilt top and more blocks

So my April challenge for the Lazy Bums is to make a quilt top for my son with blocks I received a few years ago (about 2013...) from various swaps and bees (to be honest this has been on my to-do list for a while actually)
and I had even devised a plan using sashing around each blocks and made a start last year but didn't go very far.

So I got my pile of blocks out at the week-end and of course I had been clever enough not to keep my scribbles that were my plan with the blocks and fabric so I have now idea where it has disappeared! And I decided that the best thing to do was to lay out the blocks and start again. I had 25 blocks altogether that I collected but decided that it wouldn't be enough, ideally I needed 30.
I found another 3 that I had made for other purposes but that hadn't been used yet and were the right colour scheme but slightly smaller, a tiny border and I could throw them into the mix and was left with 2 holes to fill!
Easy to add 2 blocks and because I had no particular ideas of each blocks to make, I decided to enlarge the last 2 6' blocks from the 365 Quilt Challenge, making little sister and big brother combinations and using some of my son favorite themes. I love to see how different the blocks look using different fabrics!

And a day or so later, I had a quilt top (and I must admit, I love how it has turned out)
- nearly it just needs its borders now (but I have a couple of days left until the end of the month)!
And in addition to these blocks, I have made more for the 365 Quilt Challenge, keeping up with the daily assignment! 3 more 3' blocks and 2 more 6' blocks

I also finished my 2 flowers for the Inchy Hexie Swaps in reproduction fabric

And I made block 7 for the Modern HST sampler, one more to catch up with before the next one is released!

More blocks in production of course, including some bee blocks that I am hoping to send out very soon!
That takes my total of blocks this month to 40 blocks so far!

Linking to Building Blocks TuesdayLet's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread Thursday.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Challenge and blocks

I knew I had bitten more than I could chew with all the quilt-alongs challenges etc, but I always do!

For the daily challenges, we past the 100 blocks mark this month and of course I haven't got 100 blocks for either of them. So last week, I finished all the January blocks for the 365 Quilt Challenge and a few others too, this week, I started back to where we are and worked backwards and so far I have done 12 blocks for April. This means that I am about 40 blocks behind... still (as for the other daily challenge... well I won't even mention it at the moment)

And I also caught up with my belated March blocks for Scandi Bee - probably a fear of orange as Cathy had picked an easy block

and Bee Hive, stunning choice of block from Kerstin, I can't wait to see her finished quilt!

That takes my total of blocks this month to 28 blocks so far!

Linking to Building Blocks TuesdayLet's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread Thursday.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

100 days challenge - finale!

That's it, it is already 100 days since I joined Jen for her challenge, how fast did that go! It was a great focus though and I am pleased to say that although I didn't finish everything there was progress in all 3 projetcs I picked.

So this was my list:

1. Catch up with my bee blocks - and I am please to say that all the blocks I owed for the Lazy Bums Geese swaps are done and sent, that was about 15 or so blocks and I am happy that they have all left the house!

2. HKQAL - This was a brand new project and although I haven't finished it, I am cruising towards the finishing line I hope. nearly 2/3 of the way now.

3. A new bag for me - I have a new bag, which was an old UFO, that wasn't my plan originally but then I needed a new bag and I have one. I am still on the lookout for another one so if you have a pattern to recommend, please let me know!

And yesterday I started another 100 Day project on Instagram #The100DayProject and mine will be to make a block a day/ Let's see if I can keep up!

Linking to Jen's blog for the final round up and to see what others have done!


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Q2 Finish Along

So it is this time again, time for another list! I didn't cross many projects off in the first quarter but I made lots of blocks. Let's see what this quarter will bring...

1. M new quilt - blocks are ready to be put together in a quilt 

2. Quilt for my friend's 40th birthday - not started

3.  X string quilt - 2 blocks needed to finish the top

4. Custom cushions x 2 - not started

5. Elephant quilt - only 2 blocks done 

6. Quilt for A - HK QAL - half way through the piecing!

7. Quilt for E - HK QAL - not started

8. A very merry Christmas town sampler 

9. Mod Mod Along - more blocks are needed 

10. Wanta Fanta - needs 2 more blocks

11. Maker's Tote for me - not started

12. Book Bee quilt - blocks ready
13. Teachers' presents for pre-school

14. Teachers' presents for Miss C

15. Teachers' presents for middle school

I think 15 projects will be enough for this quarter too!
Linking to Q2 Finish Along.


Tuesday, 12 April 2016

A few blocks this month

Again I have only made a few blocks. I was hoping to have a week full of sewing last week and a week-end with even more sewing time but it didn't work that way, even less so that I spent Saturday in bed being sick...again.

Anyway I made a few blocks for the 365 Challenge, I am so behind now as I have hardly made any of the March blocks. So I made 8 more blocks and I have finally finished January!

I also made 4 more Hello Kitty blocks that my little assistant prepared for me, 15 more to go!

I also finished finally my March block for I love Lucy International Bee for Judith.

So that makes it 13 blocks so far for April.
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday.


Monday, 4 April 2016

Q1 Finish Along

I had gone for a shorter list at the beginning of the year but then most items on it required a lot of work to be brought to completion and I must admit, I have been producing blocks by dozens but not finishing many items...

1. M new quilt - blocks are ready to be put together in a quilt - no progress

2. September in the Hexagon - finished

3.  X string quilt - 2 blocks needed to finish the top - no progress

4. Custom cushions x 2 - no progress

5. Elephant quilt - only 2 blocks done  - no progress

6. Quilt for A - HK QAL - nearly half way through the piecing!

7. Quilt for E - HK QAL - not started

8. A very merry Christmas town sampler - little progress

9. Mod Mod Along - more blocks are needed - no progress

10. Work bag for myself - FINISHED!

11. Maker's Tote for me - no progress

12. Wanta Fanta quilt no progress

I only crossed 2 of my list but I also started one and progressed one. Not a fantastic term for finishing but I'll play again :-)

Linking to Q1 Finish Along


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